US Paralympians visit JMU to promote movement

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- With the Rio Olympics approaching, a James Madison graduate and several of his U.S. Paralympic teammates look to spread awareness of Paralympic sports in the Valley.

Paralympic soccer player Adam Ballou, a 2015 graduate of JMU, along with three other U.S. Paralympians conducted clinics on Thursday and Friday at Godwin Hall in Harrisonburg.

Students learned the basics of sitting volleyball and took a spin on the hardwood learning wheelchair basketball. They also spoke with Ballou, who's headed to Rio de Janeiro next September to compete for the U.S. Paralympic soccer team.

"(I) jumped on the chance because my two worlds are colliding," Ballou said. "I wanted to progress the Paralympic movement and where else better to start than with students in my demographic and players that are maybe unidentified and will be able to see this on college campuses across the nation and be identified as players but doing it here at JMU is just awesome."